Persoonia levis (Cav.) Domin.

Smooth Geebung

Biblioth. Bot. 22 (Heft 89): 28 (1921) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or spreading shrub or small tree to c. 5 m high; bark lamellose-flaky; young branches glabrous to moderately hairy. Leaves alternate or subopposite, oblanceolate to obovate, narrowly elliptic or spathulate, 6–14 cm long, 13–80 mm wide, thickish, often asymmetric or falcate, flat, mucronate, bright green, smooth, glabrous (or sparsely hairy when young). Flowers solitary, mostly in axils of scale-leaves; pedicels 3–8 mm long, erect or spreading, sparsely to moderately hairy. Tepals 10–14 mm long, apiculate, glabrous to sparsely hairy, terminal spine to c. 1 mm long; anthers yellow; ovary glabrous. Drupe ovoid, to c. 16 mm long, c. 14 mm wide, green. Flowers summer.

EGL, EGU. Also NSW. Locally common on (usually poorly-drained) near-coastal heathlands and heathy woodlands of far East Gippsland.

Hybrids with P. linearis occur occasionally where the two species are sympatric. These plants are referable to P. ×lucida.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Persoonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Persoonia levis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Persoonia levis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory